FIBA team arrives for NBBF crisis resolution

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After almost one year of deadlock in the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, a resolution is finally in sight as the FIBA team assigned to ensure a final truce between two warring NBBF boards, one led by Musa Kida and the other led by Tijanni Umar are expected to swing into action following their arrival in Nigeria yesterday.

The three-man panel appointed by the basketball’s world governing body is on a four day fact-finding mission in the country concerning the lingering leadership dispute between two factions of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF.

The team is led by Dr Alphonse Bile, FIBA Executive Director -Africa. The team also has Mr Lubomir Kotleba, Special Advisor to FIBA Secretary General and Mr Fode Amara Conde, FIBA Competitions Commission member.

They will discuss with the disputing parties as well as major basketball stakeholders to find a solution to the crisis.

The Media Adviser of the NBBF, Patrick Omorodion disclosed that: “The FIBA team is likely to start off its assignment with a meeting with top Sports Ministry officials who organised the disputed Abuja NBBF election at the beginning of the week before meeting with the factional leaders from the two NBBF elections in Kano on June 12 and in  Abuja on June 13,2017 respectively. Abuja and Lagos are touted to host the meetings.

“The team will meet first with the Tijjani Umar group on Tuesday February 6 in Abuja and later on Wednesday meet with the Musa Kida group. The final day meeting will be with the leadership of the NOC.

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